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Artist Roberto Lugo Brings His Joy to The Currier Museum

Ceramicist celebrates his Afro-Latino heritage in a new exhibition

      MANCHESTER  – The Currier Museum of Art is proud to open an exhibition by artist Roberto Lugo. New works explore the artist’s cultural identity as tied to family, place, and legacy.

      Lugo pays homage to his Puerto Rican heritage with the exhibition’s title, Te traigo mi le lo lai – I bring you my joy. The exhibition celebrates the joy of creating within a family and community. Inspired both by his family’s agricultural heritage and his own youth in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, Lugo examines the core ideals of resourcefulness and self-sufficiency shared by those living in both rural and urban settings. Lugo also recognized these qualities in Manchester, a postindustrial city in a largely rural state.

      Roberto Lugo is a Philadelphia-based potter, painter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. Calling himself the “ghetto potter,” Lugo creates ceramics that subvert traditional forms and techniques by reimagining them with a 21st-century street sensibility inspired by urban graffiti and hip-hop culture. For his exhibition at the Currier Museum, Lugo chose to display his art in conversation with objects from the museum’s collection that speak to traditional art-making in this region.      “The Currier Museum has a long history of collecting and displaying studio ceramics, and Roberto Lugo is undoubtedly one of the most significant voices working today,” says Samantha Cataldo, the museum’s curator of contemporary art. “We are honored to partner

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Roberto Lugo by Neal Santos, courtesy the Wexler Gallery 

with Roberto on this highly personal exhibition for which he has not only made new work but also included objects from his early career and objects made by his family. We are excited for the public to experience this unique installation and find their own connections to these important themes of community, value, and legacy.”

      Roberto Lugo will give a virtual talk on

Tuesday, May 11 at 5 pm. The talk is free and open to the public; register at currier.org. Lugo will be in residence at the Currier Museum with fellow ceramicist Margaret Kinkeade in July when the pair will lead ceramics workshops with the community. More information on this will be announced. In-gallery interpretation for Te traigo mi le lo lai – I bring you my joy will be provided in both Spanish and English

Fresh Perspectives: Works by NH Artists Peter Milton, Varujan Boghosian, Robert Hughes & More

Exhibition on view in the Tower Gallery at NHAC 

Now through August 31, 2021

Open Wednesday –- Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      MILFORD - New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents Fresh Perspectives: Works by NH Artists Peter Milton, Varujan Boghosian, Robert Hughes & More, an exhibition and sale of works featuring paintings, prints, sculptures and assemblages. Also on view are works by Robert Hauser—a contemporary Peterborough, New Hampshire, artist known for his assemblages— as well as sculptures and prints from the private collection of Peter Milton.

      Peter Milton (b. 1930) is a renowned New Hampshire artist and internationally recognized printmaker who currently resides in the Monadnock region. His etchings and engravings display an extraordinary degree of photo-realistic themes that incorporate architecture, history, myth and memory. His career works also include paintings and sculptures; this exhibition features many of his early paintings. Milton held teaching, visiting and artist-in-residence positions at major U.S. colleges and universities, and he has received numerous achievement awards throughout his career. Milton’s work is in most major museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National

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Robert Hughes (1915–2004), Jonah and the Whale, plus other sculptures

including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Currier Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Both Boghosian and Milton studied at Yale University under the pioneering color-theory artist Joseph Albers.

      Robert Hughes (1915-2004), a distinguished New Hampshire artist and honored Rhode Island School of Design alumnus, devoted his 43-year teaching career to New Hampshire’s public schools. In 1991, Hughes was honored with the Living Treasure Award from the State of New Hampshire as he continued to sculpt in stone, plaster and wood as well as inspire and teach thousands of public school students. His work can be found in many public and private collections, including the New Hampshire State Library and the Currier Museum of Art.

      Fresh Perspectives: Works by NH Artists Peter Milton, Varujan Boghosian, Robert Hughes & More is on view now through August 31, 2021 in the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op.

      New Hampshire Antique Co-op is a destination shop for fine art, period furniture, folk art, Americana, silver, collectibles, porcelain,

Gallery of Art, The Tate Gallery in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

      Varujan Boghosian (1926-2020) was a revered New Hampshire artist known for his sculptures, assemblages and collages. His approach incorporated unexpected juxtapositions of found objects and ephemera into his works, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including literature, art history and music. Boghosian was a former professor of art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. His artwork is widely acclaimed and can be viewed in museums across the country,

jewelry, books, vintage decor, unique antique finds and more. NHAC is one of the largest group antique shops in the state. Established in 1983 by the Hackler family, the shop features more than 200 dealers and 2,000 consignors.

      The shop is located at 323 Elm Street in Milford, New Hampshire, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      For more information, please call (603) 673-8499 or visit online at www.nhantiquecoop.com.

MAY 2021